Technology website Reckoner has a snapshot comparing Australian premiere dates with international dramas that indicate fast-tracking still has some ground to make up.
It highlights only 4 of 47 shows that were available in Australia on TV and online within a day of their international premiere: Justified, Mad Men, Orange is the New Black and Wayward Pines, all of which screen on Foxtel.
It cited major delays for shows including Broadchurch (41 days), The Americans (77 days), Wolf Hall (80 days), Bosch (166 days) and a number of others with no confirmed premiere date in sight.
While shows like Game of Thrones were express from the US on STV and digital platforms, it was another 65 days until it was available via iTunes.
However there are some qualifications to the list that need to be outlined.
The list has been drawn from 47 titles ranked on Metacritic, which premiered between January – June, and received high critic / audience ratings. This puts some titles such as Aquarius, Grace & Frankie, Between, The Brink, Dig, Suits -to name just a few- outside of the survey. Similarly, while Wolf Hall gets a look in on the US Metacritic site, Banished does not.
It also skews towards Drama, overlooking Reality shows (Survivor, The Amazing Race, Real Housewives, American Idol), and Lifestyle shows. If we are being completely technical, shows like The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon are fast-tracked everyday.
While the site’s pie chart and graphs would be considerably different if it was a true tally of all released shows, it is nevertheless an interesting “tip of the iceberg” article, which you can see here.